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Delta Air Lines is launching exclusive flights to view the latest solar eclipse

Delta Air Lines is launching exclusive flights to view the latest solar eclipse

The message that a flight is exclusive just to observe the next solar eclipse has been so well received that the airline Delta Air Lines has scheduled a second flight for the astronomical event. Tickets for the first flight sold out in just 24 hours.

Aerial observation of the eclipse

The total solar eclipse will occur on April 8 and will be visible in some areas of the United States, Mexico and Canada. To provide an unparalleled experience, the flight will be carried out on board an Airbus A220-300 aircraft, known for its very large windows, allowing a better view of the phenomenon.

Itinerary

The flight will take off from Austin, Texas, at 12:15 PM local time (3:15 PM Brasilia time), and land in Detroit at 4:20 PM local time (7:20 PM Brasilia time). Those who were unable to sign up for the private flight have the option of boarding other flights that will also offer a private view of the eclipse.

Last chance until 2044

“The April 8 eclipse is the last totality we will see over North America until 2044,” said Warren Weston, chief meteorologist at Delta Air Lines. The company also aims to engage the public through several NASA-supported events during the hours the phenomenon will be visible.

What is a solar eclipse?

An eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when an object in space, such as a planet or moon, passes through the shadow of another celestial body. In the case of a solar eclipse, the Moon is located between the Sun and the Earth, which prevents sunlight from reaching some parts of our planet. If we are in a place where the eclipse is total, we can see the moon blocking out almost all of the sun's rays, making the day as dark as the night.

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Solar eclipses are classified into three types: total eclipse, when the sun, moon and Earth are in perfect alignment; partial, when it is not perfectly aligned and the moon casts a smaller shadow on the sun; And the annular, when the moon is at the farthest point from the Earth and appears smaller, and therefore does not completely block the view of the sun, so it appears as a dark disk in front of the star.

Finally, there are the rare hybrid solar eclipses, where more than one type of solar eclipse occurs on the same day, which is the rarest type that exists. Unfortunately, this phenomenon will not be visible in Brazil.